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I’ve been reading these because I read the author’s Psy-Changeling series. This is currently the last of the series of novellas that follow each band member finding a long term partner. This one focus on Sarah and Abe, who were previously married and Sarah left him due to emotional neglect and drug use. As the previous stories unfolded you see Abe getting clean and realizing what he screwed up with Sarah. There is of course a HEA in this and the author has stated that she might come back to this setting at some point in the future.



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Nothing really new in this one except Stephanie actually goes undercover in an ice cream plant to help Ranger out. The relationship needle points more to Ranger with this one versus Morelli. Stephanie makes her way through life bumbling along and getting in and out of scrapes. If it wasn’t for Ranger’s trackers on her I don’t think she would have survived so long.
A fun light read much like a 30 minute sitcom.



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The latest in The Others series has the Courtyard secretly hosting the Elders as they observe the humans that live there. A known troublemaker moves in and is being allowed to stay only because he is related to Lt. Montgomery. His family knows he causes strife and is always looking for the easy way to slide through life. But the Elders want to see what happens. There is progression with Sam and Meg. For the most part this felt more like a book of smaller stories and things happening to lots of people to set up future stories set in this universe. Over all I enjoyed it but I certainly wouldn’t recommend starting here at all in the series.





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This one starts with the case finding Eve instead of being dispatched to the scene. She and Roarke rescue a woman wandering on the road covered in blood and find out her husband has been murdered. The minor twist to this one is no one liked the murder victim but there is no obvious suspect.  Turns out this is an escalation from someone who has broken into a few homes with robbery and rape on their mind along with terrorizing the victims.  A nice solid story and an enjoyable read.


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Hellblazer: The Family Man
by Jamie Delano, Richard Foreman, Ron Tiner, Sean Phillips, Steve Pugh, Dean Motter, Dick Foreman


This collection is from the original run on Hellblazer. Most of this collection has John dealing with human matters than with magical ones. The best part is the section with the serial killer he helps by chance and then does everything he can to make it right. John pays for his actions in a very personal way but in the end good does triumph over evil in this collection.

Overall a good collection and it can be read out of order since I read a later collection before reading this one.



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This novella can be read by itself or before or after books 1 and 2.  The story is cute and sweet and the only hurdle between them is Thea doesn’t date clients but David works hard to woo her heart in a way that appeals to her and has her overcome her previous heartbreak and trust issues.


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This couple has lots of issues to overcome in order to ever get together. Kit had her heart stomped by Noah after he felt life their friendship was getting too close for comfort. Noah is a known womanizer in the band.  He never spends more than one night with a woman and never lets them stay the night. Kit hid her hurt from Noah and the rest of the band since they were all friends together before any of them hit the big time.  When Kit goes to an event with Noah as a favor and the gossip rags decide there is something there it looks like it will really help Kit secure a new role in a blockbuster film. So now they have to fake a love relationship for the cameras while trying to see if they can actually work together.  Secrets that Noah has kept from Kit do come out and true loves wins in the end.


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Keep Kleenex nearby when you read this collecting of vignettes about writers feeling on the Pulse shootings.  Some used their personal feelings and dramatic retellings of the events, others used comic characters they are working on to show their reactions to the attack.  I had to take breaks reading this because of the emotions reading this brought about. This is a moving tribute to the people that suffered at the hands of the shooter and an emotional read.



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The first in a series of contemporary romances, I read book 2 first and the events in book 1 and 2 overlap but since I knew the couple in this book would be dating it really didn’t ruin the story for me since this was more about how they got together and overcome having a relationship in the spotlight.  This was a fun light read and I picked it up because I read her other series I’ll continue with this series for when I want some nice light reading.







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I grabbed this one from the library as an easy comfort read without realizing I am skipping a few of the previous collections.  Each story does stand on its own but several of the stories do build on previous short stories in the last few books that I missed. This just means that I have more reason to get caught up.  There were more stories that dealt with life outside of Valdemar and several that you really didn’t know when in the time line they happened and that was a nice change.   Good solid stories in a setting that is familiar to readers of the series.


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Blackthorn is still chaffing under the restrictions of her deal with Conmael and Grim is under some stringent requirements to build a special house for a local lord. War is coming to their area with fighters coming into the lands and they want to talk to Blackthorn and her nemesis has taken the lands of Lady Flidais’ family.  Everything wraps up by the end of the book and it feels great.
This is a wonderful trilogy and I’m glad that a friend recommend the first one to get me started.




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This thin black and white comic is great understanding people that don’t believe they have their lives together. I first found out about the art from people posting very bookish cartoons by this artist on social media and the non book drawings are just as fun.  A great book to give a gift to someone or to get for yourself.



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Hellboy, Vol. 11: The Bride of Hell and Others by Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan


Somehow I missed reading and reviewing this collection.  It is a collection of one shots which is probably why I never thought I was missing a part of the series. Some of these are great for a taste of Hellboy without having to get all the backstory. What I like most of all is everyone is fine when they see him. No one freaks out and he must explain himself over and over. The last story in the collection was a great giggle.


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This book is supposed to deal with Anita going to Ireland and helping with a vampire problem. Ireland doesn’t have vampires or at least that is what the public thinks so when people are being attacked it turns out that they do have one and they don’t know what to do since they have no laws in place.   The first half has Anita doing her power up thing through sex and having something happen that has never happened before and her also being blind to facts she has been told in previous books but doesn’t want to face.

The second half has Anita dealing with the police and the usual crowd of we don’t like you and your powers or your personal life. It seems that necromancers are not welcome in Ireland and the “land” doesn’t allow for the power to work.  The last bit is the usual cramming of the solution to the plot problem in the last 30 pages.  The biggest problem I have is the first half pounds it into the reader that she needs guards everywhere but for the plot to be wrapped up she seems not to need that many guards with her at that moment.



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The eighth book in the series feels like a turning point in the overall story arc. For the most part the three druids are apart moving along in their lives.  Atticus is working on vampire killing, Owen is going to start a school and Granuaile is working with the Polish witches to evade Loki’s divination powers.  Things get rolling quickly at the end but it is a bit of slow build up with some pieces setting in motion for later books. A good read that picks up speed very quickly in the end.


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At this point there has to be thousands of reviews of the book and the play. I enjoyed it and does give a bit of more closure to the series than the epilogue at the end of book 7. What I really want is the audio version of this.  I think that will be very cool. Since I doubt I will get to London and have tickets to both performances. A great read for any Harry Potter fan.


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As the author’s note in the beginning of the book states this is the beginning of a new arc in this story universe. She refers to it as the beginning of season two. What this comes across is more of a place for new readers to start since almost every character is on the page at some point in the story. About the only shifters you really don’t see in this one is the bird shifters. Everybody had some time in the story and there are no large plot developments or new reveals. Some small plot threads get finished from the previous books so in the end this one is a bit of let’s see how everyone is and setting the stage for the next story arc.

It was an enjoyable read but not as fun as most of her books. Granted I’ll be chomping at the bit for the next one.



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I continued the chain of only listening to these in audio format.  This case is trying to solve the mystery of a jewelry theft that left a Hollywood star dead.  Turns out the theft wasn’t supposed to end in murder but there was something wrong with the case.  And to add to the workload for Zach and Kylie they are having to bust a theft ring hitting hospitals of high quality equipment.  The second case they need to work quietly and the murder case has to be solved ASAP.  To add some tension to the duo Kylie’s husband is missing from rehab and she is trying everything she can to find him.  This puts pressure on Zach and Cheryl’s relationship as well.
A fun entertaining read that I didn’t need to pay that much attention to in audio format as I did other things.



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This time the murder victim is related to one of Roarke and Eve’s friends Eve is on the case before the body is even found.  Eve has a soft spot for Mr. Mira and admires Doctor Mira so she does everything she can to find who killed Dennis’ cousin.  There is another murder and it becomes apparent that these are vengeance killings and there will be more unless Eve and Peabody can stop it.  A good solid book and now I have to wait until Fall for the next one.


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This book has Menolly as the main POV and along with fighting baddies she is trying to plan for her wedding to Nerissa.  There was some fighting but for the most part it is go go go for the three sisters fighting the demons. More attacks on friends and life going forward for minor players in the book.  A decent read for fans of the series but certainly not the place for anyone new to read. Even with backstory dropped into the plot to refresh the reader about the past it is a bit much to expect someone to try the series this late into it.


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